The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight. Here's what separates nature's winners from its losers.
A great horned owl can carry away an animal equal to its own weight, but a full-grown skunk often weighs twice that.
Owls can pinpoint prey in total darkness using nothing but their ears.
Skunks can squirt their stinky, blinding spray 20 feet away.
An owl’s talons have a crushing force 10 times greater than a human’s grip and can rip through an animal’s skin to crumple its spine.
Soft feathers allow an owl to swoop with total silence.
A skunk’s best defense is its stinky spray, but owls can’t smell. So unless the skunk is awfully chubby, it’s owl food.
Nichole LeClair Terrill